08:702:576 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education

This course offers an overview of significant historical and contemporary philosophical positions that have influenced music education, especially as they relate to the purpose and value of formalized music education over the past two centuries. In an effort to consider the best possible directions for music education moving forward, students will become familiar with the writings of key music education philosophers such as Bennett Reimer, David Elliott and Estelle Jorgensen. Furthermore, students will utilize major philosophical writings to help construct justifications of music education based on potential musical, aesthetic and/or utilitarian benefits to students and, also, to society as a whole. At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss the major figures and events, both musical and nonmusical, that shaped music education as we know it today.